• Jan 8, 2006


Well, here it is, boys and girls. Autoblogger Chris attended the intro for Lexus new flagship. The fourth generation (has it been that long?) for the LS was introduced by Jim Press, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Toyota Motor Sales (US).

Mr. Press started by pointing out that the LS has been the best-selling prestige luxury sedan for 15 of past 17 years, stating that a 5-year-old LS is more problem free than a brand-new car from "either of the leading German competitors".

The vehicle shown was a model of the LS460L (Long Wheelbase) which is nearly 203 inches.

More pictures and text provided after the jump.

That arch of glass you see is actually made up of champagne glasses, just like the ad from the first LS 17 years ago (when they had the glasses stacked on the hood with the car on)










All-new chassis, reconfigured multilink suspension,etc., continuing the "L-Finesse" styling of GS and IS.

The new LS will have a 4.6L V8, 380hp/370 ft-lbs torque. Engine will have a duel fuel induction system that combines both port and direct fuel injection.

It's the world's first 8-speed automatic transmission.
    
0-60mph under 5.5 seconds, with EPA mixed mileage in mid-twenties.  EPA certified a as Level-2 Ultra-low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV).
    

Some of the technological features include:

Real time traffic updates on the navigation system (similar to the Acura RL and Cadillac CTS).
    
Mark Levinson surround-sound with 19-speakers(!) and a hard disc audio server that holds four thousand songs.
    
HVAC monitors both cabin temp and body temperature. "I've been afraid to ask where that sensor goes, but I'm sure it does a good job".
   
The LS460L available with rear-seat ottoman package. Passenger side includes a 45 degree recliner with adjustable leg rest and massager, individual DVD player, and hidden cooler like a Maybach.

Self-Park - "Intelligent Park Assist" parks with just a little brake work.

Power parking brake has hill-holder/stop-light anti-rollback feature (like Subaru).
 
Key is now a 'smart card' that can be left in your pocket while you open the door and start the car.

Electronic Power Steering and "next-generation" Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system - manages electronically controlled brakes (ECB), EPS, VSC (vehicle stability control), ABS, Brake Assist (BA) and EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution).
  
More details on the technology of the production version will be provided at the Geneva show. But in April, information on the hybrid V8 LS will be unveiled at the New York show.


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      • 9 Years Ago
      might not be the mosty interesting shape in the world, but hey, a lexus flagship that hasn't fallen out of the ugly tree, hit every branch on the way down and then run, (blinded by the fall) throught the ugly forest, into the arms of muggers that have then beat it around the head with a selection of ugly sticks . . . we cant complain right.

      Kinda looks like a BMW might if Mr bangle hadn't had his way.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Exterior's not bad, just kind of dull and derivitive. Interior looks to be usual Lexus - something nearly everybody loves, but I find nasty and I can't put my finger on why.

      I'm sure it'll sell like hotcakes, but I'd never even think about it if I was in the market. Not my thing.
      • 9 Years Ago
      My dealerships are located in south-east United States. The thing you forget, Kenedy, is that the US market is much more centered on larger vehicles, while europe has many more smaller vehicles. The LS is lexus' biggest sedan, while the IS is their smallest, so it is understandable that in europe the IS would do better. Also considering the ES is not exported in the UK, people who are cannot afford a LS would be more likely to buy an IS (in europe), while in the US they would get an ES.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The exterior styling may be a tad derivative (although it is consistent with the completely original L-Finesse design language), but no one has mentioned the car's awesome new engine or utterly revolutionary 8-speed automatic transmission. Also, this car has the most beautiful interior of any car in its class. The two-tiered, convoluted German dash design is completely impractical and sterile, but Lexus designers seemed to have created an interior that is as opulent and cavernous as its competitors, but maintains intimacy with the driver.

      A beautiful effort that will sell like crazy.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Okay...okay - some nice tech stuff inside and out. FINALLY a decent bump up in horsepower (Lexus has been riding that 290hp 4.3 V8 WAY to long in the current LS) Beautifully executed in interior as Lexus definitely has the market there and this one is no disappointment but c'mon. That design. GEEZE LOUISE!!
      Bland in the front and BMW in the back. Oh well- you'll be sitting inside that rather nice interior not having to look at the front or back the entire time driving, so there's the reward.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I see a little Acura, Avallion and 7 series in the design. The back seats seem like a Maybach to me.
      Despite these design similarities, I am sure the engine drives the car like a jewel!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Do they have to pay royalties to BMW?
      • 9 Years Ago
      bmw taillights.
      ahh..but I don't give a damn..it's an LS.
      Who buys these anyway?
      Get the GS.
      Harold Hines
      • 9 Years Ago
      I HEARD THAT THE LS460 WAS COMING OUT WITH AWD. I KNOW THAT THE HYBRID IS, BUT HAVE NOT READ ANYTHING ABOUT LS460. ANY FEEDBACK.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Lexus did well here with the 7 series, A8, and S-Class competition. For one this car is going to be far less expensive, more effiecient, not as huge, and in my mind, better than those 3. S-Class models to tell you guys the truth end up having transmission problems far more expected than usual and the 7 series to many people's minds craps out over time. The A8? Eh, who cares? This car will help launch Lexus sales to a new high in Europe and in 20 years or less, Toyota will be the #1 car manufacturer in the world.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Anyword on a diesel??

      The SClass, 7Series and A8 are all available with a diesel.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Why are you guys blaming Lexus for making a superior sedan? I mean, look at Mercedes, copying Lexus (especally Toyota) designs, copying Toyota's (now signature) triangular headlamps.

      At see this, a 4000+ lbs. 380hp V8 ULEV with 20+mpg with 0-60 in 5.5s ! And with easy technology, not i-drive and Mercedes' version of iDrive, just a simple touch screen.
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